'No Time to Die': Daniel Craig Returns as James Bond in Explosive First Trailer
By Scott Baumgartner
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James Bond is back!
On Wednesday, the action-packed first trailer was released for No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th installment in the beloved 007 franchise, showcasing Daniel Craig once again reprising the role of Britain's most famous super spy -- and this time he's in the fight of his life.
As expected, the trailer features Bond defying death at every turn. He's leaping off ancient stone bridges, firing at oncoming assailants with high-tech hidden guns in his Aston Martin and contending with a new mysterious masked villain, played by none other than Rami Malek.
Also featured in the trailer is Dr. Madeleine Swann, Bond's love interest from Spectre, played by Lea Seydoux. Ominously, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), the last Bond villain, is also briefly showcased in lockup, stating, "When her secret finds its way out, it will be the death of you."
The decade-spanning franchise's newest Bond girls, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch, are also featured in the new clip, with the latter said to be taking up the iconic 007 code name in the film.
"Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica," a previous press release stated, sharing the film's plot. "His peace is short-lived when his old friend, Felix Leiter, from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."
After the trailer dropped, the film's stars and director Cary Fukunaga all appeared on Good Morning America, where Lynch was asked about the hearsay that she's taking up Bond's code name, to which she playfully shrugged and stated, "She's definitely a 00 agent, for sure. Skillful. Swift. Suave. And she's got a bunch of attitude and she just comes with a whole lot of shaking up in this franchise for sure."
During the chat, Malek was asked about his baddie and broken mask, to which he did his best to keep his lips sealed.
"I can tell you nothing about that!" Malek said of the mask. "In April, you will see all of that. Like [producer Barbara Broccoli] said, 'a nasty piece of work.' It's a very unnerving character and I get to face off with this man [Craig] in a battle, I think, of epic proportions."
Recently, the film's character posters have also been released showing Craig, Lynch, de Armas, Ben Whishaw, Seydoux and Malek.
ET spoke with Craig in April at late Bond author Ian Fleming's Jamaican villa -- aptly named Goldeneye -- when the cast of the latest installment of the film franchise was announced. Although Craig is returning to play 007 for the fifth time, he told ET this will most likely be his last turn as the character.
"This is going to be my last Bond I think," he said. "I think I've done enough, people are going to get sick of the sight of me. Someone else should have a go."
He also briefly addressed the controversy surrounding the casting of the next actor to play Bond, arguing it should go to "the right person for the job."
"I think that's what it should be," he said. "I think that everybody should be considered. For women and for African Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board. It shouldn't have to be Bond that takes ... it doesn't need to be Bond. It just needs to be written -- some good parts."
No Time to Die arrives in theaters on April 10, 2020.